I wasn’t going to concentrate on my next adventure, the Ohio to Erie Bike Tour, until the Buckeye Trailfest was complete. I turned the calendar page over to May-and there it was, staring me in the face-about three weeks away!
A primarily off-street recreational trail from the Ohio River to Lake Erie, the Ohio to Erie Trail spans the state of Ohio from Cincinnati to Cleveland for the most part following lands formerly occupied by railroads and canals. The collection of regional trails connects four of Ohio’s metropolitan cities, a dozen large towns and numerous small villages – all done on easily accessible, paved trails that are primarily separated from highways and automobiles. The entire Route 1 is complete. The total distance as of June, 2017 is 326 miles.
Just Do It
I procrastinated last fall and lost my days off opportunity to bike the Ohio to Erie Trail. Then I felt quite bummed about it. I decided I would bike the Ohio to Erie Trail-henceforth known as OTET-in the first quarter of 2018.
I have a local bike trail which is 7 miles long. This is my training trail. When I returned to it last week after Trailfest, I was pleasantly surprised to see SPRING had arrived. Everything is greening up nicely.
I’ve been getting out there as much as I can. Yesterday was my longest ride to date, 34 miles. Given that my daily mileage is gong to be about double that, I’m a bit leery of the commitment I have made to bike the OTET in five days.
This is to be a solo adventure. I can’t see the husband hanging out every day in Ohio when we live in Ohio. I hope he joins me for the last night, then wanders around northern Ohio as I bike to Lake Erie.
Credit Card Camping
I am going to stay in hotels/friends homes for this trip. I don’t have to then worry about carrying a tent and everything that goes with camping outside.
Cinti to Cedarville
Cedarville to Columbus
Columbus to Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon to Massilion
Massilion to Cleveland
Next up, What to Bring on my Five Day Adventure!